One of the fallouts of Donald Trump’s election is the violence he has incited among emboldened white racists. This seems to be the case in Mishawaka Indiana, where a black girl was placed in a headlock by a heavy set white male JC Penny employee. Local station WNDU reports that the man wrestled the girl down when she knocked over a promotional display after he told her family they didn’t belong in the store. In a disturbing video, the man can be seen refusing to let the girl go as her family pleads for him to “get off of her” and offers to pay for the promotional display she knocked down.
When mall security arrived the girl was placed in handcuffs and released shortly after. The mall has refused comment, and the girl’s family is not speaking publicly as they pursue legal action.
Although this video is absolutely disgusting, it’s more important than ever that incidents like these be reported. This kind of spineless race-based violence — a grown man harassing a family and then assaulting a child, followed by the child being placed in handcuffs — cannot become normalized in the age of Trump.